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LOS ANGELES (AP) - An emergency room physician has told jurors hearing the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor that the physician never mentioned giving the singer a powerful anesthetic.
Dr. Richelle Cooper resumed testifying Monday in Los Angeles as the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray enters its second week.
She said Murray told her he’d given Jackson the sedative lorazepam but didn’t mention the anesthetic propofol.
Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of propofol and other sedatives.
Cooper was on duty at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center the day Jackson died. She has testified she gave paramedics permission to pronounce the singer dead at his rented mansion, but he was brought to the hospital because Murray wanted resuscitation efforts to continue.
Murray has pleaded not guilty.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
The manslaughter trial against Michael Jackson’s doctor begins its second week Monday with prosecutors furthering their examination of an emergency room physician who gave paramedics permission to pronounce the pop superstar dead in the bedroom of his home.
Prosecutors have been laying out their case against Dr. Conrad Murray largely in chronological fashion, with witnesses during the first week of trial recounting the singer’s final performances, his interactions with fans on his last day and frantic efforts to revive the King of Pop.
Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the singer’s bedroom in 2009.
Murray’s attorneys are presenting jurors with an alternate theory _ that Jackson gave himself the lethal dose when Murray left the room.
The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty. Murray, 58, faces four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if convicted.
Prosecutors will continue to question emergency room doctor Richelle Cooper, who authorized the decision to pronounce Jackson dead in his rented mansion. Murray wanted resuscitation efforts to continue at the hospital. Cooper and another doctor are expected to testify about their interactions with the cardiologist.
Cooper is the 12th witness prosecutors have called so far in the trial, which is expected to last five weeks.
Jackson loomed large throughout opening statements and testimony last week, with Deputy District Attorney showing jurors a photo of a lifeless Jackson on a gurney and playing clips of his final performances from the film “This Is It.”
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